Council funds waterways weir
Published: Friday, 4th January 2019
Construction of the Maidenhead Waterways weir at Green Lane will be funded by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.
The move follows agreement by the council’s cabinet to fund construction of the weir that will raise water levels throughout the town centre and fill the already enlarged York Stream channels. The approved weir design incorporates a fish and eel pass plus boat rollers, allowing small motorised and unpowered boats to pass along the reopened channels in the town centre. Shanly Group is building the final section of the enlarged York Stream just above Chapel Arches, as part of its current phase three development, which will link with the enlarged up and downstream sections already built by the Royal Borough.
Councillor Derek Wilson, Maidenhead Waterways champion said: “Funding the weir will ensure that more of our residents will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the waterways now and in the future.
“It was important to us that we made the waterways as accessible as possible and the weir will ensure that boats of all kinds are able to travel in and along our beautiful town centre waterways uninhibited.”
Richard Davenport, chair of the Waterways Group, said: “We are thrilled that the Royal Borough has agreed to fund the Green Lane weir. Its installation will lift surface water levels throughout the town centre, filling and stabilising the newly enlarged channels and allowing more residents and visitors to make use of our stunning town centre waterways.”
It’s hoped that the weir, which will cost £1.3 million will be operational before the end of 2019.